Export Contacts from Email Address Books

When you have email contacts stored in another location, you may want to export them to a CSV or tab-delimited text file, so you can import them into Mailchimp. The way to export your contacts depends on the application you're using. No matter where your contacts come from, you must have explicit permission before you add them to your list as subscribers.

In this article, you'll learn how to find export instructions for a few common applications, as well as how to avoid accidentally importing people who haven't opted in to your list.

Before You Start

  • This article talks about ways to export email marketing contacts from services outside Mailchimp. To learn how to export your contacts from Mailchimp, read View or Export a List.
  • If the information for your particular email program is not listed here, contact your email client's help documentation, or consult their documentation for further assistance with exporting.
  • Before you import your outside contacts into Mailchimp, inspect the addresses and remove any that might cause you to receive a spam or abuse complaint.

Export Contacts from Microsoft Outlook

If you use any version of Microsoft Outlook, including Outlook for Mac, check out Office Support to learn how to export your contacts to a CSV file.

Microsoft Office Support: Export Contacts from Outlook

Microsoft Office Support: Export Contacts from Outlook for Mac

Export Contacts from Apple Address Book/iCloud Contacts

If you use Apple's Address Book or iCloud Contacts applications, download the Mailchimp Import app to add subscribers to your Mailchimp list.

Mac App Store: Mailchimp Import

Export Mac Address Book Contacts With Mailchimp Import

Export Contacts from Google Contacts

If your subscribers are stored in Google Contacts, use our built-in integration to import them to your list in Mailchimp. To import a portion of your Google Contacts, export a selection of your contacts from Google as a CSV file before you import to your Mailchimp list.

Import List from Google Contacts

Gmail Help: Export Contacts

Export Contacts from GoDaddy

If you use GoDaddy's Workspace Email, you can export your contacts to a CSV file. GoDaddy's help center suggests that if you use Workspace Webmail 6.0, to first switch to Classic View.

GoDaddy: Importing or exporting address books

Export Contacts from Thunderbird

If you use Mozilla's Thunderbird Address Book, make sure to choose the CSV or tab-delimited text file format when you export your contacts.

FLOSS Manuals: Thunderbird Address Book

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